After TPC Victory, McIlroy Now Betting Favorite at Masters
Rory McIlroy joined elite company on Sunday by winning the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The 29-year-old is the third golfer since the inaugural Masters tournament in 1934 to post 15 or more PGA Tour victories including four majors before age 30. The other two men are Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Not too shabby.
With his one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk over the weekend, McIlroy became the PGA Tour betting favorite to win the Masters Tournament, April 11-14 in Augusta, Ga.
He has yet to win the Masters but McIlroy is atop the board at +750 (15/2).
Dustin Johnson at +900 (9/1), Justin Rose at +1200 (12/1), Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas all at +1400 (14/1), Tiger Woods and Bryson Dechambeau both at +1600 (16/1) follow in current Masters odds.
Is Betting on Rory Worth It?
You have to think that McIlroy’s stock is as hot as ever coming off the TPC victory and a rather solid start to the 2019 season. The golf betting odds are still good enough to take a chance on McIlroy.
There should be a time when he gets over the hump at Augusta National Golf Club. Could this be that year?
Is Tiger Woods the Biggest Threat?
It has been quite a while since Woods has taken home a Masters title. He owns four (1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005).
Woods is certainly a good value because he can turn up the heat on his competition at any moment. Perhaps this is where we will see Woods step up like he once did regularly.
Dustin Johnson Pushed from Favorite
It could seem steep to take this action on Dustin Johnson after he fell from the favorite but he’s the world’s No. 1 golfer per the Official World Golf Ranking.
He has been close as of late in the Masters, finishing 10th a year ago, fourth in 2016 and sixth in 2015. The 34-year-old has two wins this season.
Brit Looking for Big Win
The No. 2 ranked golfer behind Johnson is Justin Rose. The 38-year-old has placed in the Top 25 for the past eight years at Augusta National including second-place finishes in 2017 and 2015.
Rose is a very good value and seemingly poised for a big win in Augusta.
Thomas, Fowler and Spieth Overlooked?
Justin Thomas, 25, is appearing in just his fourth Masters Tournament. His finishes are not that strong (17th in 2018, 22nd in 2017, and 39th in 2016).
He might seem like a longshot with his history there, but he’s ranked fifth in the world.
Always in the mix, Rickie Fowler comes in at +2000 (20/1) for the Masters. The 30-year-old was very strong at Augusta last year, finishing a career-best second.
He also had a fifth-place finish in 2014. Fowler is ranked eighth.
This year marks Spieth’s sixth Masters appearance. The 25-year-old has been superb in Augusta: He won in 2015, tied for second in 2014 and 2016 and was third last year.
At +2200 (22/1), the value is there despite Spieth’s current No. 30 ranking. His history at the Masters makes him worth watching.
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